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Rupert Wyman 4th Apr 2009 - 11:36

Button seeks two wins in a row

Jenson Button qualified in pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, his second pole in a row. The Englishman will now go after this third career Grand Prix win and his second consecutive triumph after victory last week in Melbourne.

Brawn have continued to be the pacesetters in Kuala Lumpur as they were in Australia and the pre-season testing.

Button is 4/6 to continue the newly-formed team's dream start to the season with another first place finish. Accompanying Button on the front row is Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who was a tenth slower than Button.

The Italian is a 6/1 shot to win just his second Grand Prix. His sole success to date was in Monaco in 2004 when he was with Renault.

Trulli eventually finished third in Melbourne after a great drive as he started 19th on the grid, this coming after both Toyotas were excluded from qualifying after their cars were illegal.

Trulli, after the Grand Prix finished, was of course given a 25-second penalty for overtaking behind a safety car, only for that decision to be reversed as it was alleged that McLaren and Lewis Hamilton lied about what happened behind the safety car.

If Trulli had started in his qualifying position of eighth last week he could well have challenged Button for the win. But as it was he was left with too much to do. This week, however, he will have a much better chance of overhauling the championship leader.

Red Bull's Sebastien Vettel was third fastest in qualifying but as a result of his crash with Robert Kubica in Melbourne the German was given a ten-place penalty for Malaysia and so he will start the race from 13th. He can be backed at 16/1 to win his second Grand Prix.

Button's team-mate Rubens Barrichello (14/1) qualified in fourth but he has changed his gearbox and been given a five-place penalty on the grid. After the penalties Trulli's Toyota team-mate, Timo Glock (14/1) who was fifth fastest in qualifying, will start the race from third.

Alongside Glock will be Williams' Nico Rosberg. The young German looks like a bit of value at 20/1 to win.

The biggest failure of the qualifying was Ferrari as Felipe Massa failed to even qualify for the second stage of qualifying. As Ferrari opted for the Brazilian to complete just four laps but some quick times in the late stages of the first stage meant Massa's time was too slow. He will start 16th on the grid but looks up against it at 33/1.

In the other Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen will start in seventh but with the Ferraris seemingly lacking pace it is hard to back the Finn at 14/1.

World Champion Lewis Hamilton will start down in 12th but will need the predicted wet weather to come and help him if he is to have a chance at 33/1.

After the drama off the track this week hopefully the teams and drivers will do their manoeuvres on the Sepang International Circuit rather than the stewards' room.

Be sure to join us when it is all go at 10am on Sunday. The Grand Prix is live on BBC One and we will offer a number of in-play betting opportunities throughout the race via our betlive service.

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